A 'Divided' Kingdom: Poetics of Difference in the Medieval British Isles

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Medieval Makars Society

In studying the work of the medieval Scottish makars, the consideration of the relationship between Scotland and England is a crucial part of establishing a distinctly Scottish expression of nationhood. Though there is much to discuss regarding the tensions that arise between these two countries in particular, this panel aims to explore the notion of difference within the British Isles on a broader scale, encouraging the study of resistance to the English literary hegemony, as articulated by voices of other bordering nations.

In addressing this critical lacunae, submissions would be encouraged to include, but not be limited to Welsh, Irish, Breton, Manx and further Celtic expressions of identity in the medieval period. Drawing together notions of nationhood, self-determination and common cultural heritage through opposition, this panel would allow critical focus to pull away from the notion of a specifically English medieval era and towards a sense of community between distinctive surrounding nations.

This panel session will take place at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (11-14 May, 2017) and is sponsored by the Medieval Makars Society.

We invite abstracts of up to 250 words and completed Participant Information Forms (PIF) to be sent to the Medieval Makars Society by 30 Sept. 2016. Please include your  name, academic affiliation, and title in all proposals. Any proposals not accepted will be forwarded along to the ICMS organizing committee. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the society's advisory board at medievalmakarssociety@gmail.com. Please also visit our website: medievalmakarssociety.org